Week 14 update

It has been awhile since I’ve posted an update for two reasons - having a newborn around the house and after week 8 or 9 the updates aren’t as “groundbreaking” anymore!

I’ll start out with the obligatory, I can’t believe I’m at week 14 already. I really can’t. It seems like yesterday that I was looking at that NY marathon map and wondering when I’d be over that first bridge.

Some of the updates since I’ve last posted:

I’ve been doing a ton of exercises. Not so much directly with the calf (although two leg calf raises and seated calf raises with weights I still do), but mainly more overall lower body strengthening. Lots of band work (monster walks, side to side walking, etc…), single leg balance and squats on foam/bosu/balance ball, squats and leg press machine. I can really tell when I skip a few days as my leg doesn’t feel as good. As for cardio, I’ve been walking on treadmill, elliptical and stationary/recumbent biking.

I’ve started golfing regularly. Through week 11 I was golfing in my boot and using a cart. Since week 12, I’ve been walking 18 holes once or twice a week and carrying my bag (pretty hilly course so it is a workout). I’d be lying if I said I felt great (although each time is better), but a little ice and ibuprofen and I’m back to normal pretty quickly. I’m playing 4+ rounds of golf over a long weekend in 3 weeks at Bandon Dunes so getting my conditioning up is critical (carts aren’t allowed so all walking!). That will be 17 weeks from surgery. I’m kind of in a holding pattern for increasing exercise until after the golf trip. We don’t want to introduce a bunch of new advanced exercises and potentially risk a setback.

I ditched the boot for good 2 weeks ago. I was wearing it for certain things still (UW husky football games), but this Saturday will be my first one without it.

The PT and surgeon say my recovery is going quickly. I don’t know what to attribute it to (although I typically have been a fast healer!) but my feeling is it is a couple things:

• Out of PWB stage quickly – I think I was FWB at 2 weeks (in boot of course).
• Early ankle ROM exercises 3 or 4 times a day
• Supplements – I regularly took large doses of Vitamin C (emergen-c packets), Jello (gelatin), whey protein (for the amino acids, especially glutamine) and multivitamins

Who knows if that all helped…maybe it is just luck?

Best of luck to all you out there!

2 Responses to “Week 14 update”

  1. Thanks Mags11 - still deciding whether to gingerly PWB at 2 and a half weeks but my foot feels fine if I do put weight on it. Maybe I’ll just go for it, slowly.
    I hope you continue to recover weel.

  2. Sounds like you’re doing fine. But health professionals dispense more nice-to-hear BS than drugs or exercise! All surgical patients started out way worse than average, and ended up way better. You can see it in the comments reported here, and it makes sense, too.

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